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Love across the battle lines! Michael’s family hate immigrants. But Michael really likes Mina, who is an Afghan refugee… Michael’s into graphic design and hanging out with his mates. He’s not sure where he stands on immigration. But he knows one thing for sure: he really likes his new classmate Mina. So it’s too bad that Mina is a Muslim refugee. This is definitely not a meet-the-family moment. Since Michael was small, his parents have dragged him to anti-immigration rallies. He’s gone along with it – but is it time to make a stand? As tensions rise and lines are drawn, Michael must decide what he wants his world to look like…

  • A gripping YA novel by celebrated author Randa Abdel-Fattah
  • A sensitive, funny, honest story of life, first love and Islamophobia
  • Randa’s books include Does My Head Look Big in This? and Ten Things I Hate About Me
  • Her bestselling books about modern Muslim life have won huge acclaim worldwide

This book contains language and subject matter that may be considered objectionable. We believe this book covers themes important for teenagers to engage with but is not suitable for younger readers.

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500 in Setanta Teen May 2019 and 8343 in Schools Catalogue Secondary Ireland 2018/19







Date published

May 4th, 2017

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AR book level: 4.8; Upper years; 11.0 points

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  • 400 pages


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  1. Emma S
    on 5 July 2017

    Love, loss and understanding

    This book consists of tales of love, loss, understanding and equality, as Mina meets Michael and opinions differ, due to Michael’s parents being leaders of an anti-immigrant group, yet Mina is a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan.

    I believe that this book is targeted at people above the age of 14, and before reading the book, no matter what stance you have on political situations, go into it being open minded.

    I loved this book because it shows that if you are uneducated, then you are ignorant, much like Michael is, and with the knowledge that he gains, his understanding grows as he does research. And I think that this portrays a real understanding on how society reacts to political situations, as most people are uneducated about certain topics.

    This book made me laugh, as Abdel-Fattah intelligently and sensitively wrote Mina and she, as a character, makes jokes about the political situations, as it is very tactful and well articulated.

    It was definitely a page turner, as you see relationships between characters blossom and grow. I’d have to say that my favourite character is Paula, as she is witty, intelligent and is also a little bit vulnerable – which makes her relateable.

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